1879 - According to an experiment made with potatoes and corn last season, by Mr. S. B. West, of Columbia, Conn., and reported in the Ohio Farmer
by William H. Yeomans, the butt-ends of potatoes, and the kernels of corn from the butt-ends of the ears, each produced crops that were materially better than where the opposite course was pursued. In the case of the potatoes, the stalks from the butt-ends were much the larger and more forward at the first hoeing. The increase in the corn was some 20 per cent. in favor of the butt-end kernels. Of course, repeated experiments are necessary to settle a question of this character.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
May 3, 1879